Mohammed Dewji: Africa's youngest billionaire abducted by masked gunmen

Mohammed Dewji

The businessman and former politician was reportedly pursued by numerous armed individuals as he made his way into a Dar Es Salaam hotel.

Mohammed Dewji, 43, who is said to have a fortune of $1.5bn (£1.1bn) and is the president of MeTL Group, which operates in about 10 countries across sectors ranging from agriculture to transport and food, was abducted as he entered a hotel gym.

The police continue their search and have arrested three men in connection to the kidnapping, the exact motivation behind the abduction unclear, though according to CNN, it is thought to likely be a "ransom" kidnapping.

Dewji was born in Tanzania and studied at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

They drove into the hotel and opened fire before bundling Dewji into a auto and speeding off, said Dar es Salaam regional police commissioner Lazaro Mambosaso.

Dewji is also a major sponsor of Tanzania soccer team Simba SC and served two terms in Tanzania's parliament, retiring in early 2015.

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Mr Dewji, locally known as Mo, is credited with turning his family business from a wholesale and retail enterprise into a pan-African conglomerate, reports the BBC's Athuman Mtulya from Dar es Salaam.

"They came in a vehicle to the hotel and started shooting in the air before they took him away".

They then pulled him into their auto and sped off while shooting in the air.

"They then got into the hotel and came out with someone whom I identified as Mohammed."According to Forbes, Dewji has an estimated net worth of US$1.54 billion (Sh154 billion), and is the 17th richest person in Africa".

He drove himself to them gym, located in the affluent town of Oyster Bay, and had no security guards with him at the time, Dar es Salaam regional police commissioner Paul Makonda said.

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